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Men's basketball Legends Celebration to be held Oct. 15

Sept. 3, 2005

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. - Some of the brightest stars in the storied history of St. Bonaventure's men's basketball program will return to campus for a "Legends Celebration" on Oct. 15 at the Reilly Center.

The event, which will feature an alumni game starting at 7 p.m., will coincide with the start of basketball practice for the current Bonnies team.

Alumni from across four decades of St. Bonaventure basketball are scheduled attend the event including the Stith brothers, Sam `60 and Tom `61, all-time coaching wins leader and former Athletics Director Larry Wiese '58, Fred Crawford '64, Greg Gary '71, Paul Hoffman '72, Matt Gantt '72, Earl Belcher '81, Mark Jones '83, Barry Mungar '86, Shandue McNeill '97, and David Messiah Capers '00 and Tim Winn '00 from the 2000 NCAA Tournament team (see a complete list of alumni commitments below). The jerseys of Tom Stith (#42), Sam Stith (22) and Crawford (54) are all retired.

All-American Tom Stith

Fred Handler and Bob Sassone, who both were assistant coaches on the 1970 Final Four team, will coach one of the alumni teams while Weise will coach the other. Don McLean, the former radio voice of the Bonnies, will also participate.

The Legends Celebration will begin at 5:00 with a variety of interactive events including autograph sessions with the Bonnies alumni and current players, children's games, food and soft drinks. Current and former players will also participate in promotions with fans including a parent-child contest.

"We think the Legends Celebration is something that will really appeal to many generations of Bonnies fans," said St. Bonaventure men's basketball coach Anthony Solomon, who is entering his third season at the helm of the Bonnies program. "Given the tradition of St. Bonaventure, this will be an exciting way to start the basketball season. It will be a chance for fans to meet many of the former stars as well as meet our current players all in one night."

There will not be any admission to the Legends Celebration, but fans will be asked for a donation at the door. All donations will go to the Rehabilitation Center in Olean.

"The fact that this event will directly benefit a local, charitable organization only makes it better," Solomon said.

Timeline of Events
5:00 - Doors open
- Autograph session with Legends and current players 
- Inflatable games for kids
- "Pop-a-shot" games
- Videos
- Sign-ups for in-game contests later that night
- Free throw shooting with Legends players
- Memorabilia displays
6:30 - Introductions of Legends players
7:00 - Alumni game
In-Game Promotions/Contests:
- Parent-child contests for Anthony Solomon Basketball Camp passes or Be A Bonnies Cheerleader for a Day
- Tim Winn vs. Tyler Relph 3-point shooting contest (shooting for 2 fans)
- Two Bona students will have a chance to "beat the buzzer" to win $5000 (a Legends player will "coach" each student)

Alumni committed to attend the Legends Celebration:
(As of Oct. 10; this list will be updated periodically)

Name, Class -- Noteworthy
Patrick Allen '88
-- Played in 105 games; MVP of 1987 Gator Bowl Classic
Elmer Anderson '87
Robert Blackwell '97 -- Played on 1995 NIT team
Earl Belcher '81 -- 1980-81 Atlantic 10 Player of the Year
Ed Butler '49
David Messiah Capers '00
-- Starter on 2000 NCAA Tournament team
Mike Cavaliere '59 -- Played on three NIT teams
Fred Crawford '64 -- NBA draft pick; jersey #54 retired; 6th all-time in scoring
James Crough '56
Bill Edwards '53 -- Played on two NIT teams
Tim Flanagan '76
Eric Franz '83 -- Played on 1983 NIT club
Matt Gantt '72 -- Played on 1970 Final Four team; 992 career points
Greg "Bubba" Gary '71 -- Played on 1970 Final Four team
Paul Grys '71 -- Played on 1970 Final Four team; former interim Athletics Director
Glenn Hagan '78 -- Starting guard for 1977 NIT Champions; chosen in 1978 NBA Draft by Philadelphia
Paul Hoffman '72 -- Starter on 1970 Final Four team; SBU Hall of Famer
Mark Jones '83 -- Atlantic 10 All-Conference guard; 9th all-time leading scorer
Bill Kenville '53 -- Played on two NIT teams; Played in ABA/NBA from 1953-60
John Mahonchak '64 -- Played on two NIT teams
Whitey Martin '61 -- 2nd Round pick of NY Knicks in 1961 NBA Draft
Brendan McCann '57 -- No. 5 overall selection in 1957 NBA Draft
Shandue McNeill '97 -- Held all-time SBU records for assists and steals; All-Conference guard
Chris Meadows '92
Jamie Moses '98 -- Walk-on from Portville, NY, was one of most popular players of his era
Barry Mungar '86 -- SBU Hall of Famer; former Canadian Olympic team member
Ken Murray '50 -- Scored a then-school record 1,090 career points; played in the ABA/NBA
Don Newhook '59 -- Played on three NIT teams; scored 680 career points
Michael O'Grady '75
Pat Oliveto '76
Ed Petrovick '62 -- Played on one NCAA and one NIT team
Dan Putney '91
Marquee Poole '02 -- Played on 2001 and 2002 NIT teams
Bob Sassone '53 -- SBU Hall of Famer was assistant coach on 1970 Final Four team
Sam Stith '60 -- Played with his brother on NY Knicks in 1961-62; SBU Hall of Famer
Tom Stith '61 -- School's first All-American; NBA draft pick; SBU Hall of Famer
Dale Tepas '71 -- Played on 1970 Final Four team
Bob Ulasewicz '64 -- Olean resident; played on two NIT teams
Nick Urzetta '79 -- Scored 944 career points over 108 games
Sam Urzetta '50 -- All-time SBU leader in free throw percentage at .903
Mike Wager '89
Larry Weise '58 -- Coach of 1970 Final Four team and all-time coaching wins leader at SBU
Tim Winn '00 -- All-Conference guard and co-captain of 2000 NCAA Tourney team, now captain of the Buffalo Rapids